When you find out you are moving, you may immediately start deciding what you are going to store and what you are going to take with you. This is especially true if you are moving into a smaller place, or are planning on leaving for a period of time and are unsure of what to do with your belongings while you are gone. Economy Storage is here to share some tips to keep your wooden furniture safe while you put it in long term storage.
Dust, Clean & Condition Wood Furniture Before Storing
To keep wooden furniture intact, and free from cracking and getting damaged, you should have the furniture treated before placing it in long term storage. This will put a layer of protection on your furniture while you are gone.
Before Packing into Storage Unit, Break Down the Furniture into Pieces
One thought that should cross your mind when storing wooden furniture, is keeping it from getting dinged or damaged by the storing process. When furniture is broken down, not only will you be able to fit more into your unit, but your wooden furniture is less likely to sustain any damage during the loading and unloading process.
Take Proper Care of Furniture While Still at Home
If your wooden furniture is already partially damaged when you go to store it, chances are it is only going to get worse with time. The best way to keep your wooden furniture from getting damaged is by keeping it in excellent condition from the beginning. Try to keep your home humid enough that the wood isn’t drying out and cracking.
Protect Furniture in Storage with Fabric, Not Plastic Wrap
When you are storing wooden furniture, you want to make sure it is covered at all times. You would be surprised to see how beat up furniture can get throughout the storing process. Avoid covering your furniture with plastic because it has the potential of trapping moisture inside it and then causing damage to your furniture. Sometimes, moisture damage is too extensive to fix. Rather than plastic, you should cover your wooden furniture with moving blankets, any old towels lying around, or even cotton sheets. The key is to choose something that is breathable.
Store Wood Furniture Off the Ground
There is always a risk of small amounts of water getting inside your unit after a big snowstorm or leaking from other units. When your wooden furniture is stored directly on the ground, there is a risk of water damage to your belongings. You can utilize pallets, blocks or planks to keep it up off the ground and dry no matter what.
Make Sure You Have Ample Space in Storage Unit
When selecting your storage unit, choose one that has plenty of room for your belongings. This will allow you to get inside the unit if needed, and will make it so you don’t have to stack too many other belongings on top of your wooden furniture.